August is National Water Quality Month!
The United Nations has declared August to be National Water Quality Month in order to bring awareness to the importance of water. This time is created to remind us to appreciate and protect our water resources. Water is the basis of all life and important to sanitation, human rights, urbanization, sustainability, economic growth, etc. Water pollution is a major problem in today’s world, and declaring next month Water Quality Month is our nation’s effort to reduce pollution and raise awareness.
- According to the EPA, 40% of the nation’s waterways are suffering from water quality problems
- Every second, the urban population grows by 2 people
- In Africa and Asia, the urban population is expected to double between 2000 and 2030
- The poor pay more. A slum dweller in Nairobi, Kenya pays 5 to 7 times more for a liter of water than an average North American citizen
- 828 million people live in slum conditions, lacking basic services such as drinking water and sanitation. This number is increasing by 6 million each year to hit a total of 889 million by 2020
- 62% of the sub-Saharan Africa urban population and 43% of the urban population of south-central Asia lives in slums
- One of four urban dwellers does not have access to improved sanitation facilities
- 27% of the urban dwellers in the developing world do not have access to piped water at home
So how can we help?
- Be Aware— Learn about the current water crisis and water pollution issues. Tell others why you’re participating in National Water Quality Month.
- Get Involved— Reduce your household’s water usage by not wasting water while washing dishes, showering, or brushing your teeth. Take steps to save water by avoiding over-watering your lawn. Pick up trash and pet waste to avoid water pollution.
- Be Used—Volunteer in a local cleanup/restoration project. Find ways that you can help with the water crisis locally, or start your own efforts.
Together we can make a large impact this month. Spread the word that all of August is National Water Quality Month!
Why Everybody Is So Excited About 23 Salmon
(photo, Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
After millennia of migrating to and from the sea, Chinook salmon disappeared from California’s San Joaquin River 65 years ago. Now they’re trickling back. See the news Here.
(photo, Sky News)
The world’s rivers are awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics-Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries, read the whole article from The Guardian Here.
Climate change is the most consequential challenge facing our planet. Communities are struggling to do more with less water, fish and wildlife are fighting to survive, and storms are triggering more life-threatening floods. Our clean water and rivers will suffer permanently if we don’t take immediate action.
Check out the list of
Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects: Jump Pool and and Log Jam on the North Fork Coquille River, Coos County, Coquille Watershed (photos, K. Miles)
Bandon Community Radio’s Executive Director, Kelly Miles, is a former Port of Bandon Commissioner and spent nearly 8 years as the Director of the Coquille Watershed Association in Coquille, Oregon. She is passionate about marine and river ecology, and was fortunate to work with many fine landowners and biologists on dozens of salmon habitat restoration and water quality projects. To find out how you can help the southern & coastal watersheds in Oregon, visit these links:
Coquille Watershed Association
Coos Watershed Association
Wild Rivers Land Trust
MidCoast Watersheds Council
Oregon Coast Alliance
While with the Watershed Association, Kelly was honored to work with renowned fish passage engineer, Răzvan Voicu, PhD, on river restoration papers published in the Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research in Sibiu, Romania. You can view some of Dr. Voicu’s papers below:
Facilitation Fish Migration Above The Discharge Sill Located On The Ialomiţa River Near Cave Ialomicioara
Cottus Gobio Linnaeus, Ecological Status And Management Elements In Maramureş Mountains Nature Park (Romania)
Dr. Răzvan Voicu in the Valea Spumoasă – Bucegi Mountains in Romania (photos, R.Voicu)
The long running battle previously came to a head in 2016 when Congress blocked the FDA from allowing AquaAdvantage Salmon to appear in grocery stores after the food watchdog declared the product, which critics have dubbed “frankenfish,” safe to eat.
That year also saw Congress pass a law directing the US Department of Agriculture to set a national mandatory standard for disclosing genetically modified foods.
The USDA finally issued the guidelines in December 2018. It uses the term ‘bioengineered’ instead of the more commonly used ‘genetically modified’ or ‘genetically engineered’, and allows ‘bioengineered’ ingredients to be disclosed in several different ways: in text, a symbol, a digital link printed on packaging, or text message.
In a fresh statement on genetically engineered salmon, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said because of the 2016 law and the new USDA standard, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance.”
However, his administration is satisfied that the salmon has met the criteria and